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The Riddle of the Sands
     

The Riddle of the Sands

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by Erskine Childers
 

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The First Modern Spy Thriller: The Riddle of the Sands Two sail-boaters are cruising off the coast of Germany on a vacation. To their amazement they discover a German military exercise—a trial-run for the invasion of England. From that starting point we are whisked through a series of mysteries, bluffs, counter-bluffs, and wild nautical maneuvers as our

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The First Modern Spy Thriller: The Riddle of the Sands Two sail-boaters are cruising off the coast of Germany on a vacation. To their amazement they discover a German military exercise—a trial-run for the invasion of England. From that starting point we are whisked through a series of mysteries, bluffs, counter-bluffs, and wild nautical maneuvers as our sail-boaters try to learn more and get their information back to England. Through it all, Childers brilliantly captures the style and attitudes of the day. His use of military terms and concepts is creditable, and his depiction of small boat sailing is impeccable. What is astonishing is that the book was written before WW-I and correctly anticipates the coming military aggressiveness of Germany. As such, it created a sensation when it was first released, and remains a classic, perhaps THE classic, spy-action-adventure novel to this day. Whether you are a boater, a military buff, a spy novel fan, or just like a good thrilling read—this book is for you. Move over Ian Fleming and make way for your grandpa!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611790177
Publisher:
Fireship Press
Publication date:
10/06/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
308
File size:
806 KB

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The Riddle of the Sands 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Bert-Munson More than 1 year ago
If you are used to reading spy novels by modern authors such as Ken Follett, you will find "The Riddle of the Sands" a bit slow. It is interesting from an historical perspective because it was one of the first spy novels published, (second only to Kipling's "Kim", I understand) and because of the British characters' concern about the threat of war with Germany when the book was published, about 1910. The characters operate in German waters by sailing yacht, and there is much about boating, navigation, and sailing, so if you are a sailor, you might enjoy that aspect of the book. I thought the book was worth reading even if it was not spellbinding. Merton Munson
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Watched in anger but did nothing.
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Stared in interest then nodded and ran back.
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StormStar hissed, quickly picking up the kitten, running back to camp.